Vintage Wedding Dresses For Would-Be Princesses

May 23, 2011 • Magazine, Vintage

I know everyone has covered the Royal Wedding and the dress, and quite rightly the comparison between Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress and Princess Grace of Monaco’s. This comparison has led to a lot of women starting to look for vintage wedding dresses that bring a touch on old school glamour to your special day.

1920s Flapper Tambour Lace Dress, $349

While this 1920’s dress probably wasn’t a wedding dress originally, I can image this dress at a more laid back wedding with the bride having feathers in her hair and long beads circling her neck. It’s a beautiful way to gain the flapper look.

1930s Liquid Satin Wedding Gown with Peplum and Long Train, $148

This gorgeous dress even has a train! While it isn’t in perfect condition it’s price is hard to ignore. Imagine a long veil with this and the train flowing behind the bride as she walks down the aisle whether its held or not.

40s Lilli Ann Suit Dress Yellow Rayon, $425

Because of rationing either older dresses where reused or women got married in suits, nowadays this is perfect for a second marriage or even a small intimate affair. No veil, just a perfectly placed hair pin.

1950s Tea Length Lace Wedding Gown, $246

This is the perfect decade to look to for tea length dresses, which for a modern beach wedding (or the afterparty at a wild wedding) are a great choice, they don’t drag on the floor and you get to show off your shoes. This dress even has lace overlay and lace sleeves if you want to take inspiration from the royal wedding recently.

1960’s White Mini Wedding Dress Classic Go Go Sequins Mod Club Cabaret Party Mini Dress, $175

Mini, Mini, Mini! Show off lots of leg and dance the night away in a mod mini wedding dress. Would be perfect for a modern wedding if you where planning on going out on the town with your wedding party after the reception ends, the sequins will make sure all eyes are on the bride.

70s Ivory Chiffon Goddess Wedding Prom Dress with Huge Pleated Angel Sleeves and Rhinstone Lace Collar, $349

Definitely a look for the bohemian bride. A full length, flowy gown like this would be great especially if worn with flowers in the hair and the wedding was outdoors. I can imagine the flower girls in similar dresses and the bridesmaids in other maxi dresses.

—Angel Cutsforth

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